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15 November 2000 (France) See more »
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Love has a language all its own
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Jean, a farm lad, wants to escape his silent father; he runs to Paris to his older brother, Georges... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Juliette Binoche ... Anne Laurent

Thierry Neuvic ... Georges
Josef Bierbichler ... The Farmer (as Sepp Bierbichler)
Alexandre Hamidi ... Jean
Maimouna Hélène Diarra ... Aminate
Ona Lu Yenke ... Amadou
Djibril Kouyaté ... The Father

Luminita Gheorghiu ... Maria
Crenguta Hariton ... Irina (as Crenguta Hariton Stoica)
Bob Nicolescu ... Dragos

Bruno Todeschini ... Pierre
Paulus Manker ... Perrin
Didier Flamand ... The Director
Walid Afkir ... The Young Arab (as Walide Afkir)
Maurice Bénichou ... The Old Arab
Carlo Brandt ... Henri
Philippe Demarle ... Paul
Marc Duret ... The Policeman

Arsinée Khanjian ... Francine
Florence Loiret Caille ... Amadou's Friend (as Florence Loiret)
Nathalie Richard ... Mathilde
Andrée Tainsy ... Mrs. Becker
Elisabeth Marceul ... Child
Melissande Zeddam ... Child
Brandon Croteau ... Child
Sonia Chauvelin ... Child
Baptiste Gintzburger-Batle ... Child
Sarah Agogue Tasse ... Child
Alexandra Croteau ... Child
Jerome Ferreira ... Child
Melanie Lhote ... Child
José Marques ... Child
Guessi Diakite-Goumdo ... Salimata
Jean-Yves Chatelais ... Shop Owner
Laurent Suire ... Policeman

Féodor Atkine ... Man in Taxi (voice)

Malick Bowens ... Witch Doctor
Ioan Marian Boris ... Nicu
Monica Popa ... Nuta
Ada Navrot ... Florica
Giba Gonçalves ... Percussion Teacher
Dominique Douret ... David

Tsuyu Shimizu ... David's Friend (as Tsuyu Bridwell)
Antoine Mathieu ... Restaurant Waiter
Constantin Barbulescu ... Mihai Popa
Domeke Meite ... Demba
Marany Fofana ... Youssouf's Sister

Aïssa Maïga ... Black Girl with Blonde Hair
Costel Cascaval ... Man in the Garden
Sandu Mihai Gruia ... Group Leader
Daniel Dublet ... Uncle
Boris Napes ... Father in Cemetery
Isabelle Pietra ... Mother in Cemetery
Cristina Ioanidis ... Tatiana
Ion Haiduc ... Man in Squat
Guillaume Morvilliers ... Pierrot
Pascal Loison ... Jolly Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff Cullen ... Character portrayal
Irina Lubtchansky ... Camera Assistant

Michael Haneke ... Voice of Unseen Director of Anne's Film (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Haneke 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Haneke 

Produced by
Yvon Crenn .... executive producer
Christoph Holch .... co-producer: ZDF
Marin Karmitz .... producer
Thilo Kleine .... co-producer: Bavaria Film
Titi Popescu .... co-producer: Filmex
Alain Sarde .... producer
Michael Weber .... co-producer: Bavaria Film
 
Original Music by
Giba Gonçalves 
 
Cinematography by
Jürgen Jürges 
 
Film Editing by
Karin Hartusch 
Nadine Muse 
Andreas Prochaska 
 
Casting by
Kris Portier de Bellair 
 
Production Design by
Emmanuel de Chauvigny 
 
Set Decoration by
Laurence Vendroux 
 
Costume Design by
Françoise Clavel 
Gloria Papura 
 
Makeup Department
Isabelle Luzet .... key hair stylist
Thi-Loan Nguyen .... key makeup artist
Ion Toma .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bruno Bernard .... unit production manager
David Crenn .... assistant unit manager
Diona Dragnea .... production manager: Romania (as Doina Dragnea)
Nathalie Kreuther .... executive in charge of production
Manuel Recolin .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melia Cerchez Anghel .... assistant director: Romania
Denis Imbert .... assistant director
Arnaud Mathey-Dreyfus .... assistant director
Virgil Nicolaescu .... second assistant director
Alain Olivieri .... first assistant director
Joseph Rapp .... assistant director
Dorel Torcatoru .... assistant director: Romania
Gaëlle Tronquit .... trainee assistant director
 
Art Department
Véronique Barnéoud .... first assistant art director
Gabriel Bucur .... assistant decorator: Romania
Bernard Chenevier .... construction manager
Yann Dury .... carpenter
Corinne Martin .... painter
Calin Papura .... set decorator: Romania
Thomas Pitre .... property master
Olivier Prost .... assistant decorator
Jean-Luc Schwarz .... key painter
Vlad Teodor .... assistant decorator: Romania
Annie Tourriol .... assistant decorator
Ion Vasilescu .... assistant decorator: Romania
Laurence Vendroux .... construction manager
Wouter Zoon .... property master
 
Sound Department
Edouard d'Heucqueville .... sound mix technician
Dominique Eyraud .... boom operator
Eric Ferret .... sound mixer
Judith Guittier .... assistant foley artist
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound mixer
Lionel Lebras .... boom operator: post-synchronisation
Laurent Lévy .... sound effects editor
Nadine Muse .... sound editor
Guillaume Sciama .... sound engineer
 
Special Effects by
Séverine De Wever .... production coordinator
Pierre Foury .... special effects
Daniel Lenoir .... special effects
Benoît Squizzato .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Olivier Poujaud .... digital compositor
Antoine Simkine .... visual effects executive producer: Duboi
Daniel Trujillo .... digital artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
André Atellian .... key grip (as Andre Attelian)
Sandel Bacalu .... gaffer: Romania
Frédéric Batier .... second assistant camera
Benoît Bayle .... grip
Marion Befve .... second assistant camera
Guy Bordet .... electrician
Carlos Cabeceran .... Steadicam operator
Olivier Cazzitti .... gaffer
Marian Ene .... grip: Romania
Nicolae Geoana .... electrician: Romania
Jim Howe .... gaffer
Jean-Bernard Josko .... grip
Irina Lubtchansky .... first assistant camera
Jérémie Nassif .... still photographer
George Nicolae .... electrician: Romania
Florin Niculae .... electrician: Romania (as Florin Nicolae)
Gérard Rival .... grip
Marian Sandor .... second assistant camera: Romania
Joel Spinola .... electrician (as Joël Spinola)
 
Casting Department
Carmen Brezeanu .... extras casting: Romania
Melia Cerchez .... casting: Romania
Claire-Marie Cuvilly-Givert .... extras casting
Evy Figliolini .... extras casting
Valérie Flan .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adina Bucur .... costume assistant: Romania
Germaine Ribel .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Yannick Coutheron .... assistant editor
Pierre Réali .... color timer
 
Other crew
Razvan Constantinescu .... general administrator: Romania
Aline Corneille .... production secretary
Mariana Costea .... production assistant: Romania
Eric Dupressoir .... groupman
Greg Engler .... location consultant: pre-production
Mathilde Incerti .... press attache
Nathalie Kreuther .... production assistant
Lina Martins .... assistant: Juliette Binoche
Chloé Perlemuter .... script supervisor
Gisèle Vuillaume .... production administrator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages" - France (original title)
"Code Unknown" - Canada (English title)
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Runtime:
France:118 min | Netherlands:117 min
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Trivia:
Director Trademark: [Michael Haneke] [character name]Juliette Binoche's character is named Anne Laurent.See more »
Quotes:
Anne Laurent:Look over by the wall. That's the black kid who harassed Jean. Don't let him see...
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Referenced in Absolument cinéma: Juliette Binoche (2000) (TV)See more »

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40 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
unknown code = no access to any life, 2 June 2005
Author: dbdumonteil

Paris, in the year 2000. A thoughtless gesture (a scrap of paper thrown in the hands of a beggar) causes a general altercation. As a matter of fact, the Austrian film-maker Michael Haneke goes from this incident to relate bits of various characters' lives. There's among others, Anne (Juliette Binoche), an actress who travels from movie to movie. Her husband, Georges a war photographer whose photos express pain and suffering from the countries he visited. Jean who fled from his father's farm in the north of France to come to Paris. Amadou who works in an institute for deaf and dumb children and Maria, a Romanian woman who has trouble to make ends meet by begging. Like "71 Bits" (1994), Haneke's movie is a patchwork of sequences shot in real time and interrupted with short black screens to have a break and in the same time to think about the sequence shot we have just seen.

Shortly before the incident when Jean wants to go to Anne's flat, the latter tells him the code of her flat: "if you want to enter my flat, the code of my building is B4718". I'm not sure whether it's the right code but the building could epitomize a metaphor of a man's life. Every man's life is similar to a building kept generally by a code. The title of the film is rather easy to understand. The famous "unknown code" is a blocked access to any character's real life. This code is unknown for the strangers who surround him or her and as a consequence they don't known anything of his or her real life. It's this situation that is represented in Haneke's movie.

On the surface, "Unknown Code" seems more breathable than Haneke's previous works and looks like a "Magnolia" (1999) à la Francaise. Michael Haneke juxtaposes different characters'different lives belonging to different social classes. They have apparently nothing in common except maybe that their own lives are kept by this unknown code for the others. However, they are affected by terrible sorrows which paralyze the Western society without this latter realizes it. In this Haneke's opus, there's neither the uppercut of "Benny's video" (1992), nor the icy violence of "Funny Games" (1997) but through an accurate study of these different journeys, a quiet, impressive of rigor making, the director offers a disillusioned and black vision of this society. So, he remains faithful to his favorite topics: the difficulty of communication (Amadou who tries to explain in a clumsy way his anger in front of Jean's unconsidered gesture). The way in which violence has become a feature of everyday life in a society which has become insensible to it (we can remember perfectly the sequence shot when Anne irons, she can hear shrill cries near her. She hesitates then resumes to iron). The omnipresence of racism and the insurmountable barrier of social classes (the scene in the tube is a grievous example). They are serious topics that are generally way off cinema's regular radar. It takes all Haneke's courage to explore them. Something he has relentlessly done since "the Seventh Continent" (1989). So, "Unknown Code" is a logical extension of Haneke's obsessions. To come back to the characters, they feel either humiliated either difficulties to communicate. When it crosses our minds that we live inside this distressing universe, it sends shivers down our spines. Once again Herr Haneke stirred some of the viewers's deep fears.

So, ultimately, "Unknown Code" isn't as accessible as Haneke's other works by its nonexistent linear narration and the seriousness of its theses but I think that it's a winner in Haneke's work. Of course, to watch a movie that breaks narrative conventions and expresses deeply pessimistic things is not for all tastes and that's partly why there'll never be general agreement about the famous Austrian film-maker but at least this movie brings to the light of day, thorny subjects hidden in the obscurity of cinema. It is a worthy movie far better than Hneke's next opus, "the Pianist" (2001) but that's another story...

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